We scored primo tickets, box seats behind home plate. Our broker of many years, sprang for them and decided to take us out to the old ball game. It was a beautiful night, Goldilocks weather, not too hot and not too cold and the rain held off. Unfortunately, the Redbirds did not perform very well, to say the least.
When we were in Nashville, I checked their standings and they had the best record in baseball and were leading the division. Since then, they’ve lost four games, after being swept by the Cubs and losing last night. Needless to say, they are no longer in first place. They gave up a grand slam, one of three that they’ve relinquished in their past four games. Normally, they only suffer three of these bases loaded homeruns in an entire season.
It’s hard to say what was the worse aspect of their play. The starter, Dakota Hudson, never really got started. After he was ejected, the bullpen wasn’t any better. The Cards’ fielding was sloppy, with two errors and their hitting was anemic at best, with four hits and one run. The final score was 11-1 Phillies.
Every cloud has a silver lining and last night was no exception. The seats were padded. Cardinal attendants checked tickets every time you entered the section. Sort of like a gated community that keeps the riff-raff out. The netting ensured that no foul balls could come screaming off the bat at us. Although, it did make photography more difficult. After the game, so many fans had already left that we were able to not only get on the first Metrolink train, but also scored seats.
The brightest spot in the Saint Louis sports scene occurred not at the ballpark, but a few blocks away at the arena. Later the Blues won their best of seven playoff round, defeating Dallas 2-1 after two overtimes. We were already home by then and when I recapped the Cardinal’s final score of eleven to one, Anne quipped, “Won? I’d hardly call that game a win.”
We also scored new 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt t-shirts. Woo-Hoo!